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What we learned this weekend

How to incorporate parked cars into your goal celebration – and other sporting lessons after a long weekend.

John Mullane kisses his daughter Abby after De La Salle's win over Ballygunner in the Waterford SHC final at Walsh Park on Sunday.
John Mullane kisses his daughter Abby after De La Salle's win over Ballygunner in the Waterford SHC final at Walsh Park on Sunday.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

I LEARNED THAT Dublin’s Hueston Station at 5pm on the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend is essentially the closest we’ll get to law of the jungle, this side of the apocalypse.

But in the world of sport, there are plenty of lessons on which to recap.

1. Mullane’s still the man

Star Waterford forward led his club De La Salle to a second county title in three years by dethroning champions Ballygunner in a comfortable 3-13 to 1-11 scoreline at Walsh Park on Sunday. Mullane contributed nine points. What a guy.

2. They’re not particularly good at running the country, but marathons…

Children’s minister Barry Andrews was first home of the 10 members of the Oireachtas taking part in yesterday’s Dublin city marathon, notching an impressive time of 3:43:11.

3. Don’t compare sporting defeats to natural disasters

A Philadelphia columnist has some explainging to do today after he compared the Phillies NLCS defeat at the hands of the Giants to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Stay classy, John Gonzalez.

2. Sometimes less is more

After Real Sociedad’s winger Antoine Griezmann nodded in his side’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna last night – he was booked for this celebration. Sometimes, I must admit, I long for the days of the dignified fist pump or firm handshake.


5 Bernard Brogan can hit a ball

If Ireland are to reel in Australia’s seven-point lead after the first test in Limerick on Saturday, the Footballer of the Year will need to strike a few more like this goal (two mins 10 sec in).

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